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MacLean 5th in the PHWFF National Fly-casting Competition

leah kirk

Congratulations go out to Fayetteville Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing participant and incoming Program lead. MacLean was among 15 finalists, who were selected to compete in the competition at the Fly Fishing International's Fly Fishing Fair in Boise, Idaho. With tight competition, only 150 points separated MacLean score from the first place finisher.

Competitors advanced to the National competition by defeating competitors during both local and regional casting events. The competition is intended to challenge participants to improve their casting skills with a course that tests both the angler's casting accuracy and distance casting. Casters are restricted to a 9-foot, 5 weight fly rod using a 9-foot leader tipped with a size 10 Elk Hair Caddis. C  Competitors are given 6 minutes to complete the 3 rounds of this course. The first 2 rounds are for accuracy that consists of 8 targets, 9 inches in diameter that are placed at distances from 20 to 70 feet. The second round also challenges the angler to deliver a fly behind an obstacle. With their remaining time, participants strive to deliver their fly at a distance which will be more than 80 feet for the top competitors.

MacLean is a resident of Hope Mills, NC and has been a participant, as well as, volunteer in the Fayetteville Project Healing Waters program for nearly 5 years. Rod is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He served in the British Army, then joined the U.S. Army and gained the rank of Captain, before retiring with 22 years of active service. Other accomplishments include being selected as the Project Healing Waters Participant of the Year for the North Carolina region, in 2015.

MacLean’s contagious enthusiasm and spirit of service to others have made him an invaluable part of the Fayetteville program's success in service to our disabled veterans and injured service members. The participants and volunteers of the Fayetteville Project Healing Waters program are extremely proud and congratulate him on this hard-earned success.